2011 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal Recipient
Among the most acclaimed graphic designers in the United States, Milton Glaser was educated at the High School of Music and Art and the Cooper Union School of Art in New York. Through a Fulbright fellowship, he studied with painter Giorgio Morandi at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Italy. He co-founded the revolutionary Pushpin Studios in 1954, founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker in 1968, established Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974, and teamed with Walter Bernard in 1983 to form the publication design firm WBMG. Throughout his career, Mr. Glaser has been a prolific creator of posters and prints. His artwork has been featured in exhibits worldwide, including one-man shows at both the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work is in the permanent collections of many museums. Mr. Glaser also is a renowned graphic and architectural designer with a body of work ranging from the iconic logo for the I Love New York campaign to complete graphic and decorative programs. Mr. Glaser is an influential figure in both the design and education communities and is an articulate spokesman for the ethical practice of design. He has contributed essays and granted interviews extensively on the subject. He received the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for his profound and meaningful long-term contribution to the contemporary practice of design. At a White House ceremony, President Obama presented Mr. Glaser the National Medal of the Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence. Mr. Glaser is the first graphic artist to receive the award. He continues to produce work in many fields of design at the studio he founded in 1974.